With United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities coming up this week, CandoMusos, a global voice for disabled musicians, announces that a “supergroup” of its members has been selected to play CenterStage at the opening of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2017 conference on January 19, 2017, at 11 A.M. The event will be hosted by drummer Dom Famularo.
Playing in the band will be members of The Mendenhall Experiment – Brandon Mendenhall, Nate Stockton, Mario Valadez, drummers Andrew Hewitt, Joe Hardy, and David Segal, and Mark Goffeney, who plays guitar with his feet.
CandoMusos has over 250 members from 27 countries that use CandoMusos’ free website fostering worldwide communication among disabled musicians.
CandoMusos was started in 2013 at Dom Famularo’s Wizdom Drumshed School. The founding members include David Segal, who has Arthrogryposis; and Andrew Hewitt and Mike Mignogna, who both have cerebral palsy. A new Associate Board member from California, drummer Joe Hardy, was born with no legs.
The organization exists for all musicians with challenges, not only drummers. CandoMusos has presented at Winter NAMM during the previous two years: in the H.O.T. Zone in January 2015 and at TEC Tracks in January 2016, during which the group talked and played to a full house. Joining CandoMusos onstage was Goffeney, who was born with no arms; drummer Dean Zimmer, who also has Arthrogryposis; and members of the Mendenhall Experiment, who are disabled.
This past spring CandoMusos worked with the BBC get 10 of its members into a commercial that was used to promote the Paralympics. The campaign, entitled “Yes I Can,” used a song of the same title that was made popular by Sammy Davis Jr.
Find more information about CandoMusos at www.candomusos.com.
For information about the 2017 NAMM Show, go to www.namm.org/thenammshow/2017.